Enjoy old-fashioned casino nightlife in this Nevada town.

By Travel & Leisure
May 14, 2012
Courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

Laughlin, NV, is a value-oriented, slower-paced alternative to pricey Sin City. Hit the slots and table (the low limits and penny slots are recession-proof) at any of the dozen local hotel casinos. Later, catch a show from the likes of Tony Orlando, Kenny Rogers, B.B. King, and other one-time superstars whose names no longer light up marquees on the Las Vegas Strip.

Casa Serrano

Head to this festive Mexican restaurant for filling burritos or piping hot fajitas.

Fresh Market Square Buffet

At dinner, fill up on more than 160 entrées at the Fresh Market Square Buffet, where Friday nights include a serious seafood spread).

Golden Nugget Laughlin

Owners of Vegas’s legendary Golden Nugget spent millions creating an eponymous tropical-themed resort in Laughlin. Ask for a room with a river view.